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Importance of Oral Hygiene Habits in Mentally Disabled Children

Usha Mohan Das, Beena JP

Citation Information : Mohan Das U, JP B. Importance of Oral Hygiene Habits in Mentally Disabled Children. Int J Clin Pediatr Dent 2010; 3 (1):39-42.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10005-1052

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-06-2018

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2010; The Author(s).


Background : The main factor related to gingival/periodontal problems in disabled individuals is the inadequacy of the plaque removal from the teeth. Motor coordination problems and muscular limitation in neuromuscularly disabled individuals along with the difficulty in understanding the importance of oral hygiene in mentally disabled individuals have resulted in the progression of inflammatory diseases. Case report : This report describes a case of cerebral palsy child who developed gingival hyperplasia due to poor oral hygiene practices which remarkably improved by proper motivation and adaptation of oral hygiene measures. Conclusion : It is important that the caretakers especially mother is informed about the importance of maintaining proper oral hygiene and the harmful effects of not doing so. It forms our duty to guide them towards maintaining good oral hygiene and thereby help in improving overall health of these children.

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